- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- knowledge of media production and communication
- to be flexible and open to change
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
- excellent verbal communication skills
- broadcasting and telecommunications knowledge
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your day-to-day duties might include:
- setting up camera equipment
- choosing the most suitable lenses and camera angles
- planning and rehearsing shots
- following a camera script
- working closely with other technical departments
You could work at a TV studio, at a film studio or on a film set.
Your working environment may be at height, outdoors in all weathers and you may spend nights away from home.
With experience, you could become a camera supervisor, cinematographer or director of photography.
You could specialise in a particular field, like underwater filming, aerial photography or wildlife work.
You can get more advice about how to become a camera operator from ScreenSkills.
You can find out more about creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.